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light into ashes -
Subject: Dull Dead & Crosby
This is a long session which features Ned Lagin and David Crosby practicing various Crosby & Dead songs. The two Crosby songs are quite dull, though if you're patient enough to make it through the full songs, they have interesting jams in the second halves. But it will take quite a dedicated listener to endure a half-dozen takes of Low Down Payment! Track 6 is a long, different jam which is the highlight - check it out to hear an unusual Dead jam with three guitarists and two keyboards. Later they practice Music Never Stopped and Stronger Than Dirt, over and over. Garcia is quite restrained during this Dead rehearsal; in fact, I wonder if he's even on guitar in this part, or if it's just Crosby & Weir. (Crosby was supposed to play with the Dead at the 3-23-75 show, which is why he's learning their songs.) Overall, not a recommended session.
Subject: A nice window
New to me and very pleasant to let run in the background while working.
Are there shades/chords of Terrapin lurking within the Low Down Payment Jam track 9?
This was recorded live on my birthday. can't beat that low down payment!!! Peace and Love!
Subject: The Music Never Stopped.
Aha! It emerges - the theme that has been teased week after month at the end of 74 - the haunting theme. And here it is - The Music Never Stopped!
I listened to 1-6 and there great
Are there a few isolated interesting moments? Sure, but most of this is as embarrassingly bad as it gets. If you wonder why some people hate hippies look no further than 'Low Down Payment.'
capn doubledose -
Subject: background music
Sounds more like Stills but what do I know and he has played with them more than once.
There are some great licks in here but maybe this just takes an acquired taste. It sounds like some background music from Starskey and Hutch so break out the mood ring and lid of acapulco gold and disregard the hiss.
Subject: nice sound...
this is REALLY fun to listen to...with some crisp sound (for most of it) and a some super relaxed playing. sweet.
Gotta check this out.
This is SO COOL! I've always wanted to have a jam session like this to listen to. It is so cool to just hear the boys messing around so loosely. I can not wait for my buddy Greg to hear this...he absolutely loves 1975 GD. Thanks to all those who got this hear. Peace.
L. Rosley -
Subject: David Crosby vocals here
That's not Jerry doing the vocals, but David Crosby, who was living in Marin at the time. Low Down Payment and Homeward Through the Haze appeared on the Crosby and Nash album "Wind on the Water" later that year. Here, Crosby is audible in the second version of Homeward. Low Down Payment is the better song, and here Jerry is in his element. You can only really hear Crosby in the last instance, track 10.
The Dead here are very relaxed thoughout. Listen to Kreutzman, who is really on in this set.
Subject: good stuff
This is fun. The feel of this session is unlike any live performance I have heard. The band seems to be much looser and relaxed than on stage. Billy sounds more structured, especially in the LDPs. It sounds like Jerry's vocals wearn't miked, which ads a great informal feel. Good tape, too. Check it.
John Hell -
Subject: Ned Lagin's B-Day
According to the KPFA Grateful Dead marathon, hosted by David Gans, on 02-03-01, this recording is in Mill Valley at Ace's studio and is a day long jam and practice on Ned Lagin's birthday.
Ned was interviewed during the annual marathon and confirmed this.